“Everyone has the right to a nationality”


The blog entries represent the views of the authors but not those of the Network, unless otherwise noted.

  • Working towards the eradication of statelessness in South Eastern Europe

    31 January 2014 | Inge Sturkenboom, UNHCR

    Several contributors have reported on this website on statelessness in South Eastern Europe and on initiatives to strengthen civil registration and documentation in the region that contribute to the reduction of statelessness.

    Initiatives to improve civil registration

  • Statelessness in Ukraine

    23 January 2014 | Kateryna Moroz, Lawyer at HIAS Kyiv, and Kim Harper, Development Officer

    HIAS works worldwide to protect refugees whose lives are in danger for being who they are. In 14 countries across five continents, we ensure that displaced people are protected and treated with dignity.

  • Statelessness as a rising topic in EU external relations: Report on the Expert Meeting on Statelessness within the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum

    14 January 2014 | Dr. Tamás MOLNÁR, Head of Unit for Migration, Asylum and Border Management, Hungarian Ministry of Interior

    The Hungarian Ministry of Interior, in co-operation with Moldova, organized an expert meeting in the framework of the European Union (EU) Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on Migration and Asylum on implementing international obligations on statelessness. This thematic seminar took place in Budapest on 12-13 December 2013, with around 35 participants.

  • ENS blog is going on holiday!

    18 December 2013 |

    Just to convey seasonal greetings from the ENS blog which will be going on holiday until Monday 13 January. Meanwhile please do visit and share information on our Facebook page And email ENS Coordinator Chris Nash at info@statelessness,eu if you'd like to contribute a guest blog in 2014.

  • Time to put statelessness on the EU agenda!

    16 December 2013 | Katja Swider, University of Amsterdam

    The Stockholm Programme, which sets out the EU migration policy agenda for 2010-2014, is approaching its end.

  • ENS launches Good Practices Guide on Statelessness Determination and Protection to Mark International Human Rights Day

    10 December 2013 | European Network on Statelessness

    The European Network on Statelessness (ENS) celebrates International Human Rights Day today, by launching its inaugural publication “Statelessness Determination and the Protection Status of Stateless Persons: a Summary Guide of Good Practices and Factors to Consider when Designing National Determination and Protection Mechanisms”. Stateless people are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to the ability to exercise human rights, and determination procedures are key to their effective protection in a migratory context.

  • Is The Netherlands next to introduce a statelessness determination procedure?

    6 December 2013 | Maxim Ferschtman, Open Society Justice Initiative

    On 4 December 2013 the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (College Mensenrechten) and UNHCR held a seminar on the protection of stateless persons in the Netherlands. It was the first of its kind in the Netherlands to be organized by these institutions together and was attended by government officials, academics and NGOs. UNHCR had earlier examined the situation in the Netherlands in its report Mapping Statelessness in the Netherlands...

  • Sharing expertise - A new wave of statelessness trainers in Europe

    3 December 2013 | Gábor Gyulai and Chris Nash

    Not so long ago, statelessness advocates felt quite lonely in Europe (and probably even more elsewhere). Today, we have already progressed a long way from the time when only a handful of committed people based in different parts of the world were working to put statelessness on the agenda.

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    Europe’s National Human Rights Institutions put statelessness on the agenda

    25 November 2013 | Stans Goudsmit (Commissioner with the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights) and Laura van Waas (Manager Tilburg University Statelessness Programme)

    Nationality is a human right. The right to a nationality was established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has been reaffirmed in almost every major human rights treaty adopted since. The very existence of statelessness stands at odds with this human rights norm. Nationality is also critical to the ability to exercise many other human rights, so statelessness presents a significant barrier for people’s access to the benefits of international human rights law.

  • Theresa May but the UK shall not

    19 November 2013 | Amal de Chickera

    Theresa May recently announced that she would seek to change UK law so that British terror suspects can be deprived of their citizenship even if it makes them stateless. This most recent announcement comes on the back of the Al Jedda judgment of the UK Supreme Court, which was a bitter pill for the Secretary of State to swallow.